We arrived at the hospital at 8am. My OB knew that I really wanted to do unmedicated so she only broke my water at 9:30am. Turns out I was already near 4cm dilated. I started feeling contractions immediately. It was nothing I couldn't handle - the very bad menstral type cramping. One a scale of 1-10, I rated it a 1. Then 20 minutes later... WHAM! I was hit with this unbelievable, intense contraction that morphed from cramping to something else (hard to describe). I rated it an 8. I cried my eyes out cause I couldn't believe what I got myself into. DH felt so bad for me. I could see him tearing up too. He told me I didn't have to have an unmedicated birth. I said that I have to do it, I committed myself. I started to regroup and used every pain management technique I had practiced. Hypnobirthing did NOT work for me. I think I was so shocked at the intensity (and not having a gradual contractions), I couldn't relax and calm myself. The tool that worked was diving into the pain and steady breathing. Contractions were coming pretty close together about 10 minutes. My OB checked me. I was 6cm. Then it felt like I wasn't getting a break. OB checked again. 8cm. Things were waaaaaaay intense at this point. With each contraction, my legs were throbbing and shaking. DH was very good at my silent cues. He didn't talk much, he just did what he felt I wanted him to do. He massaged my legs with the contraction. That really helped me through them. Surprisingly, I was quiet the entire time of my contractions. No humming, moaning, screaming or talking. I also didn't feel the need to move around and walk or anything like that. At this point contractions were piggy backing. OB checked me again, I was fully dilated. My Doc asked if I felt the urge to push. I was just so confused. I was feeling all kinds of things. I couldn't distinguish what was what. So with the next contraction I just pushed. Next contraction I pushed again and harder. I was screaming as I was pushing. OB said she's almost here. I called her a liar. I thought she was just saying that to encourage me to keep going. DH whispered, "I see her head. You can do this. You are strong." Still pushing through this contraction, Rivers head starts to come out. I yell to my Doc, "Get her out now!" I felt the "ring of fire." I pushed again and felt her leave my body. Rivers Patrice Irene was born February 28, 2011 at 12:55pm weighing 8lbs 4oz and 20.25 inches. We were happy to see her. Were were just amazed by her.
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